Neil Fried is SVP for Congressional and Regulatory Policy & Senior Counsel for Federal Advocacy and Strategic Planning at the Motion Picture Association of America. He represents the interest of the MPAA’s member studios—Walt Disney, Paramount, Sony, Universal, Warner Bros., and Netflix—before Congress and the Administration on matters such as copyright and communications law. Neil joined the MPAA in 2013 from the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where he served as chief counsel on media and technology issues. Serving the Committee for nearly a decade, his portfolio included television, radio, wired and wireless communications, spectrum, cybersecurity, broadband, and internet issues.
Prior to his work on the Hill, Neil practiced law at two D.C. law firms representing clients before Congress and the Federal Communications Commission. Neil served as an attorney with the FCC from 1996 to 2000, where he helped to implement the 1996 Telecommunications Act. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and his Juris Doctor from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. He grew up in New York City.